The first part of the course deals with meaning in language ranging from words to texts. The second part gives insights into theories of language use, particularly the part of pragmatics. It is explored to what degree meaning of a word depends on linguistic, conceptual, or contextual knowledge. The course will cover: (1) various approaches to the interpretation of various theories in the fields of semantics and pragmatics, (2) the principles of pragmatic and semantic analyses of selected scientific technical texts. The course content is based on appropriate examples from the translations of professional literature. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught.